entertaining at home

Choosing Tableware

For many people, a dining area in the home is an important space for spending time together as a family or for entertaining guests. To create the perfect dining room or eating area, it is important to choose tableware that both meets your needs and is stylish.

Overall, the tableware you choose can make a huge difference to the way you present your dining room and this is particularly important when you are entertaining. Some of the main factors to take into consideration when you are choosing dining sets are your budget, the materials, how you will use the tableware and the style or pattern. If you lead a busy lifestyle or have children, then storage and ease of care may be other things you need to take into account when making your decision.

Using and Caring for Your Tableware

The way in which you use your tableware will influence your decision on which dining sets to choose. Will it be used every day or only for the purposes of entertainment? Will you serve onto plates at the table or will you need tableware that is appropriate for oven to table style eating? Some people choose to have separate tableware for everyday use and for occasions or even a set of tableware for specific events, such as Christmas. If you are using the dinner sets every day, then you may prefer a cheaper set that is easier to look after. For special occasions, you might want to spend a little more and perhaps choose a more elaborate design.

Ease of Care

Using and Caring for Your TablewareTableware is something that you will have to clean, store and generally take care of each time you use it. Therefore, it is important to take this into consideration when you are buying dining sets and other forms of tableware. If you hate to stand for hours after a party and do the dishes, then don’t make the rookie mistake of buying tableware that isn’t suitable for dishwashers. Similarly, if you use the microwave a lot to warm up meals, you will probably need to avoid dinner sets with metallic edging or patterns as these are not suitable for use in a microwave. The packaging on the dinner set will usually give some general care instructions. If you want items that are both dishwasher and microwave safe, then you should read these carefully before making your purchase.

Storage is also an important part of caring for your dinner set and you should think carefully about where it is best kept to avoid breakages. If you will be using the dinner set on a regular basis, then you will need to keep it close to hand where you can easily access it as and when you need it. Dinner sets that are only used on special occasions can be stored in a less accessible area. If the dinner set is expensive, you might want to consider wrapping each piece before you put it away after each use.

Choosing Materials for your Tableware

The material that tableware is made from has a significant effect on the price, making it important to think about if you have a set budget for these items. Another factor to consider is the durability of the materials. If they are for occasional use, such as when you are hosting a formal dinner party, then you may choose to opt for more delicate materials. However, durability is likely to be of greater concern if you plan on using your tableware on a regular basis.

Consider who will be using the tableware. If you have children and you are planning on them eating from it on a daily basis, then you may prefer cheaper and more durable materials that are less likely to have breakages, scratch or need replacing. Information about the types of material used is outlined on the packaging. Some popular choices include stoneware, porcelain, glass, earthenware and even plastic.

Choosing Designs and Patterns

The tableware you choose is part of your overall interior design theme. When you dress your table for entertaining, the tableware plays a central role in making your dining room look great and this can help to create a fantastic atmosphere for you and your guests. Even if you are not hosting an event and are simply enjoying a meal at home, having nice tableware can make a big difference to the amount of enjoyment you get from your meal.

Choosing Materials for your Tableware

Your dinner set should coordinate with any colour scheme or theme you have chosen for your dining room. If you want a dinner set that will stand the test of time and will match any colour scheme you choose even if you redecorate, then you might prefer to opt for a neutral dinner set. You can then add a splash of colour to your dining table with napkins and a floral centrepiece on the occasions when you are entertaining. On the other hand, you might prefer to choose a dining set that coordinates with your chosen colour scheme.

It is not just the colour that is important, the style you choose should also coordinate with the theme of your dining room or your home as a whole. If you have chosen a more traditional theme for the room, then this should be reflected in your choice of dinner set. Similarly, if you have opted for a contemporary look in your home, then opting for modern designs will contribute to the overall scheme. To a certain extent, your choice of style and patterns should be a reflection of your personality and personal tastes.